What we’re reading: Emirates, Alaska Airlines promotion, Russia to allow hiring of foreign pilots, save Tatooine!


Emirates, Alaska Airlines promotion offers double miles, discounted fares

Emirates Airlines is offering Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan members double miles on any Emirates-operated flight completed by November 30.

In addition, Emirates is offering special discounted fares on select flights between the United States and Dubai, also before November 30.

In order to earn double miles on Emirates flights, passengers must be enrolled in Alaska Airlines’s Mileage Plan program, and register for the promotion online prior to their first qualifying flight and no later than June 15.

Russia to allow airlines to hire foreign pilots

Facing a shortage of pilots in Russia, President Putin has signed a law that allows Russian airlines to hire foreign pilots.

The law comes five months after 50 people were killed in the crash of a Tatarstan Airlines jet, blamed on pilot error, which highlighted concerns that Russia does not have enough pilots to meet growing demand.

“The (new) federal law is designed to liquidate the deficit of commanders to civilian aircraft,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

Save Tatooine! Tunisia seeks preservation help from ‘Star Wars’ fans

Tunisia is trying to save one of its famous landmarks and is calling on Star Wars fans to help.

The site in question is the set that served as the fictional city of Mos Espa, located on the planet Tatooine, in the Star Wars films. Since being built for the movies in the 1970s, the location has become such a popular tourist destination there is a hotel built right inside.

The government has set up an Indigogo page to raise the $45,000 needed for protecting the sets and promoting the site to future generations of Star Wars fans.